Protecting our state’s greatest economic engines: Agribusiness and Agriculture.
With a $91.8 billion annual contribution to our state’s economy, agribusinesses and agriculture help drive more than their share of North Carolina’s economic success even as they provide communities across our nation with essentials for life. Employing 17% of our state’s workforce and comprising 17% of overall gross state product, these industries give literal meaning to “homegrown success.”* At the NC Chamber, we’re proud of our agricultural roots and advocate for policies that support these vital industries so that our state’s people, and communities throughout the world, can prosper.
The Current Challenge
Despite its importance to our daily lives and statewide economy, our agriculture industry has been subject to a mounting number of challenges, through no fault of its own. An unpredictable trade environment, uncertain talent pipelines, attacks from out-of-state personal injury attorneys, and an unprecedented string of devastating storms have all taken their toll in recent years.
At the NC Chamber, we know how important our farms and agribusinesses are to the overall success of our state. If we hope to continue that success, we have to support these vital sectors. That’s why we have made it a top priority to help develop and advocate for policies that allow our state’s farmers and agribusinesses to not only survive, but to thrive in the years and decades ahead.
We welcome members of our agriculture and agribusiness communities to join Ag Allies, a coalition of businesses that work tirelessly to champion the needs our state’s top industry. Participants receive exclusive updates on pressing agribusiness issues and developments; invitations to calls, webinars, and meetings with state and federal policymakers; and the opportunity to shape the regulatory landscape through collaboration with our Government Affairs team.
- Learn more about the NC Chamber’s plans to advance this issue in the 2019 – 2020 Legislative Agenda.
- Explore our upcoming Ag Allies Conference, which will be held virtually in October, 2020.
*Data derived from Agriculture and Agribusiness, by Dr. Michael Walden. May 2019.